Huang tu di (Yellow Earth) (1984)
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Critic Reviews for Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)
The striking images of Yellow Earth... offer respite from a plot that bears the impress of the cultural arm of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee.
The film broke definitively with Chinese studio tradition and introduced a new sense of ambiguity in the relation between political ideology and praxis.
Yellow Earth is the most impressive film from mainland China unveiled so far in the West.
The first 'modern' film to emerge from China, and one of the most thrilling debut features of the '80s.
Justifiably celebrated for its daring, colorful visuals and innovative, eye-opening rhythms.
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Audience Reviews for Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)
Not as grandiose as Chen's later film Farewell, My Concubine... this is a small-scale story about the problems of the poor, rural Chinese and Communism's failure to solve them. Again, it reminded me of Zhang Yimou, especially his earlier films, and no wonder: Zhang was the cinematographer on this. I thought it was generally very well done, and wisely keeps the running time short for such a simple story. The use of songs was quite nice, although I thought it was unnecessary to augment them with instruments (including some that occasionally sounded like synthesizers, but I could be mistaken). Good performances, too. Not a "rock your world" type of movie, but a solid and subtle one.
I can appreciate the story and whats being told but the actual s film itself isnt to appealing. I couldnt get into this film or make any connections. Just not interesting.
A story about a communist soldier who visits a rural village of farmers in order to collect their songs to be re-written as motivational songs for the communist army during WWII. The film shows the harsh way of life of these farmers and their backward traditions of gender inequality. What initially may appear as a praise of the social and economic improvements that the communists brings is subverted by its allegorical ending. At the center of the film is a very low key love story similar to Zhang Yimou's The Road Home. I liked how the characters and their feelings are carried by the songs they sing rather than dialogue. I might have liked this even more if the stark mountainous landscapes weren't marred by the atrocious print I watched.